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Commentary: Clamp down on riots in Hong Kong with law

(People's Daily Online)    14:29, August 13, 2019

Any attempt to endanger national sovereignty and security, challenge the power of the central government and the authority of the Basic Law of the HKSAR or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line, and is absolutely impermissible, said Chinese President Xi Jinping at the meeting celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland.

China's red line of sovereignty has always been clear. The ultra-radicals deliberately challenge the red line in an attempt to destroy the constitutional order and clear the way for a "color revolution".

In recent months, rioters have staged demonstrations, besieged and broken into the city's Legislative Council, vandalized the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR and assaulted police officers and members of the public.

These violent acts have been well-organized and planned. The rioters make waves, create "black terror" which targets the masses, and daydream of dragging Hong Kong down.

The rioters mistakenly believe that the "five major demands" they raise are representative of Hong Kong's popular will.

However, the permanent withdrawal of the extradition bill is a meaningless request. Release of arrested protesters without charges and removal of the characterization of the June 12 protest as a riot are unreasonable demands. Setting up an independent inquiry commission and striving for full universal suffrage are violation of the rule of law and against the consensus of the whole society.

The legal and constitutional order should not be broken and must be cemented.

Rules are rules. Any attempt to cross or break the red line must be prohibited. Strict law enforcement from the police force is the first step, and harsh justice from judges in Hong Kong is the second step. The police and judicial system share the same mission of combating rioters.

In the trial of the illegal "Occupy Central" movement, a judge said that the so-called “achieving justice by violating the law” had fanned unhealthy practices and made judges targets of verbal abuse, which was unacceptable.

In the future, there will be no violence in the city of peace and prosperity, as long as the police forces do their best to protect Hong Kong and judges show the sword of justice against these rioters.

Justice prevails over evil, and rioters will be placed in the hall of shame of Hong Kong.


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